The Justice Department announced charges on Wednesday against three people accused of running a “high-end brothel network” in the Washington and Boston suburbs and unveiled an investigation into potentially hundreds of high-profile clients who had paid for sexual services.
“They are doctors, they are lawyers, they are accountants, they are elected officials, they are executives at high-tech companies and pharmaceutical companies, they are military officers, government contractors, professors, scientists,” Joshua S. Levy, the acting U.S. attorney in Boston, said at a news conference Wednesday. “Pick a profession, they’re probably represented in this case.”
Prosecutors did not name any of the clients.
The prostitution scheme was run through at least two websites that advertised appointments with Asian women, one of which purported to be a nude modeling service for professional photographers, according to an affidavit from a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston.
The three suspects, who were arrested, are Han Lee, 41, of Cambridge, Mass.; Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham, Mass.; and James Lee, 68, of Torrance, Calif.